Marian Kočner, currently in detention on unrelated fraud charges, has been charged with ordering the February 2018 killing of Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.
A delegation from the International Press Institute and the Committee to Protect Journalists met with Slovak authorities in Bratislava, calling on them to expedite charges against all parties allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Ján Kuciak.
One year on from the murder of Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová, lawyers representing the families of the victims are concerned about recent political interventions.
A businessman held since June on suspicion of fraud was close to one of the murder suspects arrested in September; he had also threatened Kuciak previously.
The unnamed suspects were among eight people arrested in a police raid on 27 September. This is the first significant development in the investigation since the murder of Kuciak and his fiancee in February.
Kuciak, a journalist who investigated high-level corruption, was murdered at home alongside his fiancée in February. Officials have yet to confirm the motive or identify the murderers.
The problem isn’t the investigators, says Kuciak’s editor, but the people at the top.
Lukáš Milan was handed a three year suspended prison sentence and banned from practising journalism for an article on alleged corruption.
The young investigative journalist was known for his stories on tax fraud and shady real estate deals involving several Slovak businessmen with close connections to the ruling party.
A Slovak court’s decision ordering a tabloid to apologise to a judge for its reporting on a private party where attendees allegedly made light of a mass murder sets a dangerous precedent, the International Press Institute and its Slovak National Committee recently said.
A draft budget currently before Parliament would cut overall funding for the Slovak Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (RVR) while more than doubling the yearly revenue it is expected to collect.
Slovak authorities should stop pressuring a Slovak journalist to divulge his source for reports on wiretapped conversations between alleged organised crime figures and senior police officials, the International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), say.
Recent moves by members of Slovakia’s judiciary are creating growing pressure that threatens press freedom in the country, the Slovak Committee of the International Press Institute says.
Current and former members of Slovakia’s judiciary are seeking €940,000 from a tabloid that published photographs and video from a 2010 party that appeared to depict acts making light of a mass murder.